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September 21, 2007

First Look

Viking 68 Convertible

Length 68' 8" Beam 19' 4"
Draft 5' 5" Deadrise 15 ¿
Fuel 2,000 gals. Price $2,995,000
w/ twin 1,520-hp MTU diesels

This 68-footer is the latest addition to Viking's offshore fleet. The sea-kindly hull will cruise at 34 knots and tops out at 39 knots. The flying bridge has a center console helm with power-assisted hydraulic steering and electronics on the centerline. The 186-square-foot cockpit has a mezzanine with aft-facing seats to watch baits out of the sun, a walk-through transom door and an in-deck fishbox with macerator pump. Viking Yachts; (609) 296-6000;

Panga 22

Length 22' 6" Beam 6' 6"
Draft 8" Deadrise 11 ¿
Fuel 55 gals. Base Price $17,995
without power

With its eight-inch draft and pronounced bow, the Panga 22 LX is a versatile, rugged fishing machine. The narrow beam requires less power than conventional hulls without sacrificing performance and stability. A leaning post with rod holders is standard, along with a live well system. Wiring harnesses are neatly routed and all hardware is stainless steel. Factory-rigged with Evinrude or Suzuki outboards up to 120 horsepower, the boats are built with quality resins and gelcoats, and a closed-cell-foam stringer system. Panga Fishing Boats; (305) 971-7572;